Friday, December 31, 2004
- Jets to Brazil "Cat Heaven"
The news coming from South Asia has been terrible to say the least. I didn't want to blog about the tragedy because in truth i'm left speechless and feeling inadequate in adding my two cents to the news. It makes me sad that people would use the tragedy for political purposes, but that's the way the world works. I'm happy i was able to help in a tiny bit with a meager contribution to AmeriCares (via Daily Lunch) and i hope others do the same.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
A while ago i was going to write a mini-post about how much i was enjoying the Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (I'm also a big fan of Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting). How the sweetness and sensuality of the song is something that you can rarely find in the current culture (and probably that is the reason for the song's popularity and staying power). Now days, it is very rare to come across a subtle piece of music, tv show, or film. Mostly the product either hits you over the head with the message or wraps in a nice bow and produces a saccharine version of reality.
There is this perfect balance of sexy innuendo and innocent banter in "Baby It's Cold Outside".
I ought to say no, no, no, sir - Mind if I move a little closer
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ahh, but it's cold outside
The effectiveness of the song depends as much on the lyrics as it does on the delivery of the lyrics. The song is a gentle volley of flirtatious exchanges. Each singer must play off one another to get the right tone of the song across. She's hesitant (we know she wants to stay) and his insistent. It creates the tension of will she stay or go? That's why the Dean Martin version (where he sings with a whole chorus of women) doesn't work, the intimacy and urgency is gone the song is generic with no suspense (he can't make the whole chorus stay!).
Another version that really doesn't work, actually it fails miserably, is done by Jessica "
I have no creative bone in my body" Simpson and Nick "I'm Jessica Simpson's husband" Lachey. I couldn't even listen to the whole song, it was so awful i had to turn it off. It seems that Simpson cannot get through a song without panting like an out of breath dog. There is no chemistry between the very sexy duo (please note the sarcasm) and it's not like they are in love, oh wait... It seems like they were singing at each other instead to each other; there was no natural rhythm, no real interaction, no passion and no personality. The song fell completely flat. Once again the sensuality that should have come from the performance of the song was sacrificed for a "sexy" photo shot of Jessica seductively lifting up her shirt. Video killed the radio star, indeed.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
George: Groundhog Day.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
My personal favorite corny scene in the movie is after George and Mary fall into the pool and walk back home all wet from the dance. I was such a romantic back then, what happened?
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Being the shameless tourist that i am, i'm off on a Haggis Tour tomorrow! Where i hear all there is to do is count sheep and drink. A lot. I'll report on my research in a few days.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
"Sir, are you a virgin?"
"Well, I'm sorry we can't let you on this flight, you know virgin security."
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
(You have to click on http://www.milkandcookies.com/links/13480/ at the top to get the clip).
My favorites include BradleyWhitford and Zach Braff.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Anyway when i tried to find the advert on the Vedaphone website i could not, there is a similar ad, which pictures a girl all wet from a water hose.
Sex sells, but common people a little subtlety.
Still it was quite funny driving by a thinly veiled explicit sexual image with little old ladies passing by.
(Since Vadafone doesn't have the ad another blogger posted the image! The billboard has been taken down already.)
Dont wake me i plan on sleeping in
- The Postal Service
The lack of blogging was due to my lovely Mum coming and visiting her neurotic and paranoid daughter. Now i have tons of exams to study for and write by Friday, oh joy. All i want to do is lie in bed and dream beautiful dreams....more to come on my travels (London, Amsterdam, Koln, oh my!)
I rather have these lyrics as my anthem at the moment.
I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay
True, it may seem like a stretch, but
Its thoughts like this that catch my troubled
Head when you're away when I am missing you to death
When you are out there on the road for
Several weeks of shows and when you scan
The radio, I hope this song will guide you home
- The Postal Service